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Return to the opulent age of French colonial China on an intriguing 2-hour small-group walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession. Led by an expert historian guide, weave your way around significant sites on which the First Conference of the Communist Party took place and marvel at charming apartments and grand villas. Meander through narrow walkways and discover secretive spots that still retain some enigmatic French charm. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to just 10 history enthusiasts. 

Highlights

  • 2-hour walking tour of the Shanghai French Concession
  • Learn about the history of this unique part of Shanghai, once owned by the French, through the eyes of a local
  • Visit Xin Tian Di, where the First Conference of the Communist Party took place
  • Pass quaint villas and apartments from the early 1900s, admire a French-style park and explore an arts and crafts enclave
  • Your expert local guide will point out how this area retains its distinct French character
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Colonial Walking Tour: Shanghai French Concession

Ancient Alleyway in Xin Tian Di

Greet your guide at a central Shanghai location and embark on your small-group walking tour through the Shanghai French Concession. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene and directs your attention to cobbled streets and wrought-iron railings reminiscent of 19th-century Paris. Hear of the radical cultural transformation that occurred at the site of the First Conference of the Communist Party and absorb the botanical beauty of a French-style park during your stroll. 

Admire the intricate facades of villas and apartments built in the early 20th century and discover the famous figures that have resided within. Take to the back streets in order to catch a rare glimpse of local Shanghai life and then enjoy some leisurely free time in Tianzifang. 

Browse the bespoke boutiques, handicraft stores and charismatic restaurants of the enclave and then bid your guide and group farewell. Feel free to continue exploring independently or make your own way back to your accommodation. 

Customer Reviews

CHRISTOPHER B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour and provided the detail I was looking for.
Our tour leader was knowledgeable and she was able to explain clearly .
I recommend this tour to those who seek a detailed tour of the Former French Concession. You will not find better.

Liliya B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was nice and informative. I liked it.

Leaon C R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Zoe was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Would highly recommend it.

Trish and Lee

mrs c morrin m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a wonderful tour which exceeded our expectations. Our guide Merry is a delightful young lady, who knew her stuff well and seemed to really enjoy sharing it with us. We learned a lot in the most easy and pleasant way and our time with her is now a treasured memory.

Eleanor N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was excellent. Our guide was Zoey and she was very knowledgeable and professional. The tour covered many aspects of Shanghai's history and also life in Shanghai today.
I would thoroughly recommend this tour and regard it a highlight of our few days in Shanghai.

D M C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

Loved this tour. Very worthwhile with a lovely local tour guide who was not only very knowledgeable about the history of the area but also knew the best eating and shopping areas. We highly recommend this tour to any visitors to Shanghai.

Marie L

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Mary our guide was excellent. The tour was interesting and relaxing up until we reached Tianzifang. The crowds were unbelievable and you could only follow the person in front of you. Unfortunately we picked the wrong weekend to visit as it was the May Day holidays in Shanghai. Make sure you check to make sure there are no public holidays when you visit.

Margarita M

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

The tour was very interesting, well-paced, and we were pleasantly surprised to see how beautiful the French concession area is. Our tour guide, Zoe, was very patient in explaining details and facts about Shanghai history, and we learned a lot that day.

Rachael C

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Wonderful! Mary was a great tour guide. She was really fun, sweet and answered all of our questions. We had a wonderful afternoon.

Barbara G

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2014

Again this was my second time on this tour and I had to ask the tour guide to show us some specific things that were pointed out on the first tour. The French sports club and the place where the summit talks took place. Once again lacking knowledge

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